Calwell Tech Weekly – Week of August 13th

Wow, Friday the 13th is upon us. Some will be in Port Dover, some will spend time being uber-superstitious. Me, I will be gathering all the tech news you should know in one place so you can be better informed. Here is this week’s tech news:

Rogers’ Community Forums – Yep, hot on the heels of the Redboard, Rogers recently launches Community Forums that should allow for more bitching, moaning and venting about Rogers products. Why Rogers wants this is really the big question, likely the better answer is that Rogers wants to control the conversation. Coverage: BGR.

Bytes by… – Microsoft just announced a series of video interviews of various folks and development people. The two different sites are called Bytes by MSDN or Bytes by Technet. This a great idea for the three of you that are still developing on a Microsoft platform. Coverage: The Windows Club.

Arc Touch Mouse – Microsoft Hardware looks to have a new mouse product in the pipeline. The mouse can only be described as something close to the Magic Trackpad by Apple, though it’s hard to say at this point. Look for this to be released in September 2010 at a price of $69.95. Coverage: SlashGear, Gizmodo, Neowin.

HP CEO Resigns – In big news from huge hardware maker Hewlett Packard, HP’s CEO Mark Hurd resigns over apparent sexual abuse allegations. Lots of coverage on this: HP,  Engadget, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Slashgear, Slashdot, BoingBoing.

Movement to save Google Wave – That’s right, all those folks sad, disappointed and disgruntled about the loss of Google’s Wave product are working on a movement. The web site at allows you to speak your mind and let the world know that Google should keep Wave alive. You can interact with the site in a number of ways including just a thumbs up (currently at about 22,500). Coverage: Gizmodo.

Limited iPhone Stock – Stock of the new iPhone 4 has reportedly been exhausted completely in Canada. There are even reports that people are waiting in line at an Apple Store without knowledge of sock and actually getting turned away. The Apple obsession is really being taken to new levels. I have actually not seen an iPhone 4 in Canada yet. Coverage: iPhoneinCanada.

Seesmic Desktop Beta 2 – Some of the best social networking clients come from Seesmic, including the amazing Android twitter client. With Seesmic’s new offering, you can connect to, and get real-time Twitter updates. The application runs on Microsoft’s Silverlight technology and is fairly similar to the Seesmic web edition. You can grab it here: I’m testing it now, runs great on top of Chrome. More from Seesmic’s blog here. Coverage: TheNextWeb.

Google, Google, Google – Google has really been in the news for privacy. First, a seven page document described as ‘vision statement’ from 2008 was leaked to the Internet. It seems to show, among other things, how Google intends to profit off the user data it has. Where is this document so you an I can read it? Who knows? Coverage: Slashdot, Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo. In other GOOG-related news,  Google and Verizon went public with a “Policy Framework” for Net Neutrality. This, of course, did not exactly meet much applause from the Internet at large. Coverage: Wall Street Journal, HuffPost, Dvice, FutureOfTheInternet, Wired, Ars Technica, O’Reilly, The Technology Liberation Front, EFF, Google.

New Android Features – Google also announces a couple new Android features this week: “Voice Actions” and “Chrome-to-Phone”. Coverage: Google BlogSearchEngineLand, TechCrunch. Here’s a video describing one of those features:

Droid 2 – Launched on Thursday, this is the next evolution in Android phone. Buy here (in the US). The phone includes the newest version of Android (dubbed Froyo) and Flash support. Some specs of the phone are: 3.7″ WVGA touchscreen, 5MP Camera, GPS, WiFi, 1GHZ ARM processor, 8gb built-in flash memory. Coverage: Ars Technica, Dvice, Engadget, BGR, Android and Me.

DeviantART Muro – DeviantART released an HTML5 based, free paint application (check it out here). You can do all sorts of stuff with this application (which is beyond my lack of artistic merit). If you draw allot, this is absolutely something you should check out. Here are some of the things you can do with this tool. Coverage: Wired, Red Ferret.

Blackberry Desktop Manager 6.0 – RIM announced this week the release of the 6.0 version of this utility. Most of the updates seem to be in the interface, but an added WiFi music syncing service looks to make this utility more interesting. Download: RIM,  Coverage: BGR, Crackberry.

TweetDeck for Android – The beta is released on Thursday. The competition for android twitter clients heats up big time. I have installed it myself and am testing it.  Coverage: TweetDeckTechCrunch, TheNextWeb, Jkontherun,, Android and Me.

Google Reader Sync? – Huh? A new service (not ready yet, sign up to get in on the beta) that means to update Google Reader on what you have read outside of the application. If this ends up also syncing the items I’ve already read inside Google Reader too – wow, this will be a killer utility!

VMware Host Profiles – On Thursday, VMware released a whitepaper explaining the configuration and use of Host Profiles with Vsphere and ESX/ESXi servers. Well worth a read if you work with these products. Get the whitepaper here (PDF).

So, that’s it for this week. What news are you watching in the tech world? Did I miss anything?